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Airport biz park expanding

The Schenectady County Airport currently houses Stratton Air National Guard Base, a Joint Armed Forces Training Center used by Guard and Reserve military units; Richmor Aviation, an aviation training facility; an Air Traffic Controller Training Facility sponsored by Schenectady County Community College and the Schenectady County Recreation Center, which houses an indoor ice skating arena. More than 2,000 people currently work at the airport.

"It is a very attractive site; it is a nice looking site, and it is also on the Route 50 corridor," said Gillen.

Each new hanger built at the airport would also pay real property taxes through the use of a payment in lieu of tax agreement to help raise revenue immediately. Having the sites ready is key to attracting new businesses, said Gillen.

"Sites are one of the fundamentals of attracting growing companies. It is a corridor that leads north to Saratoga where the GlobalFoundries plant is going on and it has a lot of potential and we are seeing some real results there," said Gillen.

With a number of suppliers wanting to get on board, it appears the county's goals will be accomplished.

"We are taking to some of those suppliers and it is a nice potential locations for some of the companies," said Gillen. "There are some that are going to continue to ship where they are there is often a gathering or clustering of suppliers around the new facilities.""

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